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Bonkers: My Life in Laughs | [Jennifer Saunders]

Bonkers: My Life in Laughs

Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery. Bonkers is full of riotous adventures.
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Publisher's Summary

Jennifer Saunders' comic creations have brought joy to millions. From Comic Strip to Comic Relief, from Bolly-swilling Edina in Ab Fab to her takes on Madonna or Mamma Mia, her characters are household names. But it's Jennifer herself who has a place in all our hearts. This is her funny, moving, and frankly bonkers memoir, filled with laughter, friends, and occasional heartache - but never misery.

Bonkers is full of riotous adventures: accidentally enrolling on a teacher training course with a young Dawn French, bluffing her way to each BBC series, shooting Lulu, trading wild faxes with Joanna Lumley, touring India with Ruby Wax and Goldie Hawn. There's cancer, too, when she becomes 'Brave Jen'. But her biggest battle is with the bane of her life: the Laws of Procrastination. As she admits, "There has never been a Plan. Everything has been fairly random, happened by accident or just fallen into place. I'm off now, to do some sweeping..." Prepare to chuckle, whoop, and go bonkers.

©2013 Jennifer Saunders (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Amazon Customer
    RUISLIP, United Kingdom
    4/2/14
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    "Not a laugh out loud kind of experience.."
    Would you try another book written by Jennifer Saunders or narrated by Jennifer Saunders?

    No hard feelings to Jennifer but I felt the narration slightly flat..... I suppose my expectations were of ab fab kind of "bonkers" narration but it's not, sorry jen. The delivery was stilted in the beginning and as time went on I got used to it, or was it that the delivery got better, I'm not entirely sure?


    What was most disappointing about Jennifer Saunders’s story?

    It wasn't filled with enough laughs for me, I like a more "Stephen Fry" kind of delivery when listening to an autobiography


    What three words best describe Jennifer Saunders’s voice?

    stilted, unsure, trying


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patch
    Staffordshire
    3/16/14
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    "Excellent"
    What did you like most about Bonkers?

    A most engaging narration by the author, funny, interesting and human.


    Any additional comments?

    I got through this book very quickly whilst decorating the bathroom and it made the task much more bearable. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs.C.B.Hannawin
    Dundalk.Rep.of Ireland, Ireland
    3/10/14
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    "Crazy lady but oh so likeable!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bonkers the most enjoyable?

    Jennifer Saunders reading it herself. She did a great job. Laughed out loud a lot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was so ordinary and believable the home life Jennifer led with all her family. Her relationship with her husband was lovely. He's an amazing character too. Obviously well suited.


    What about Jennifer Saunders’s performance did you like?

    She was just herself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I wanted to make it last so I took my time getting through it. It was like a tonic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ms
    London, United Kingdom
    3/10/14
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    "Had me snorting over my breakfast day after day"
    If you could sum up Bonkers in three words, what would they be?

    Loved it


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is an absolute must for anyone who loved French and Saunders and 'Ab Fab'. This is one of those books that needs to be listened to rather than read. Jennifer Saunders, in her narration of her own words, is hugely funny and at times poignant. Her funny stories had me snorting over my breakfast and on the tube. This book was a real tonic for anyone who needs a pick me up. Thank you Jennifer Saunders.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Nr. Royston, United Kingdom
    3/8/14
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    "Brilliant Read!"
    If you could sum up Bonkers in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining Touching Funny


    What did you like best about this story?

    The retelling by the author


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Too many too comment on


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both actually


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kerrie
    Gloucester, United Kingdom
    3/2/14
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    "Listenable.... but not what I hoped for!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It is definitely worth a listen, it may be that Jennifers voice is so familiar to us that it simply makes for 'easy listening'.... it has its moments of comedy and sadness, but no mind blowing celebrity secrets here I'm afraid!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Obviously you can't change the story, its an account of Jennifer's life, however I did feel she was on the fence a lot of the time.... I do like to hear peoples real views on other public figure and incidents. However, Jennifer's choice not to write a headline grabbing, celeb slandering autobiography is refreshing!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C
    lenzie, United Kingdom
    2/20/14
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    "Disappointing"
    Would you try another book written by Jennifer Saunders or narrated by Jennifer Saunders?

    Nope


    Has Bonkers put you off other books in this genre?

    Not really


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jennifer Saunders?

    Don't be daft, its her autobiography.


    What character would you cut from Bonkers?

    There are no characters, this format really doesn't suit an autobiography does it?


    Any additional comments?

    Its just boring, not funny, not interesting. Gave up after a few chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Aberdeen, United Kingdom
    1/22/14
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    "Wonderful!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a really enjoyable audiobook. I felt like we were having a one sided conversation on the phone, and that she was an old chum. It's laugh out loud funny. She is so down to earth and honest. I loved when she talked about her mum being ill but the pair of them couldn't stop laughing that was just the relationship I had with my mum. It really hit home for me. I think she is wonderful. You should definitely give this a try, I think it's a great listen.q


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jen does a fantastic impression of Joanna Lumley which has to be heard to be believed.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Saunders – was your favourite?

    She also does quite a good Dawn French, unsurprisingly.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud at the funnies but was also shocked about the illness she had gone through and her very straightforward attitude about it - which was really inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    You are ace Jen! So pleased you are well and still here making me/us all laugh. X

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    London, England
    1/16/14
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    "Brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very funny, and read the way the author wrote it, which is interesting in itself. Really love the way she handles some of the sadder parts of her life, but very funny generally. Love the writing procrastination especially. Have listened to it twice already!


    What other book might you compare Bonkers to, and why?

    Dear Fatty by Dawn French is the obvious choice, but this is very different and fresh in its own way.


    Which character – as performed by Jennifer Saunders – was your favourite?

    Herself-Jennifer Saunders. Although some of the impressions of her agent and famous friends seem to be spot on, really well done.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, never boring.


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kimberley
    Alicante, Spain
    1/11/14
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    "LOVE IT!"
    If you could sum up Bonkers in three words, what would they be?

    SHARP, FUNNY, REAL


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Belly laughs at times. Humour I just love, brings back lots of fab memories. Please do not listen while driving or operating dangerous machinery, too damned funny to make that safe!


    Any additional comments?

    Far outreached my expectations, no real idea as I haven't read the book itself, but having Jennifer read it in her own inimitable style greatly enhanced the laugh factor I reckon, and that, let's face it, is what it's about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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